Under a multi-phased initiative, SGB will collaborate with Bioventures Brasil and other program partners to deploy 75,000 acres of intercropped Jatropha plantations in the Central-west region of Brazil using SGB’s JMax hybrid seeds.

The crude Jatropha oil produced will be converted into biokerosene to supply customer airlines.

Over the initial phase of the program, SGB will develop hybrid varieties of Jatropha and work with Bioventures Brasil and Rio Pardo Bioenergia to select, test and scale the highest yielding hybrids for the planned deployment of the commercial project.

Airbus and the Inter-American Development Bank have contributed funding for the initial phase of the program.